POLICE, mountain rescue teams and the Coastguard were all involved in a major search for a missing man in the Saltburn area.

The vulnerable man from Marske went missing on Friday and the police helicopter was called in to help search for him last night.

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team volunteers spent more than four hours searching for him until police confirmed that he had been found safe and well.

A spokesman for the rescue team said: "We were contacted during the evening by Cleveland Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable gentleman from Marske who was missing and possibly in the Saltburn area.

"Team members were contacted and sent, together with our Incident Control vehicle and two Land Rovers, to an RV-point in Saltburn.

"Upon arrival we were deployed into seven search parties and commenced searches in and around the town, in consultation with the police.

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Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team volunteers spent more than four hours searching for the missing man Picture: CMRT

"HM Coastguard NE units and a Police helicopter were also heavily involved in searches over a wider area.

"After a few hours of searching our allocated areas we re-grouped and set off again to cover further areas around Saltburn.

"Coinciding with that we received a call from North Yorkshire Police to undertake a search for another person not connected with the on-going Saltburn call-out.

"We are very thankful to the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team members who immediately turned out to cover the second search as it was in our area.

"Whilst our search for the missing gentleman continued we were informed by the Police that he had been found safe, outside of our search areas, and was in the care of the Coastguard for a medical check.

"So well done to them and everyone else involved in finding him.

"The Police later reported that he was safe and well."